Monday, July 25, 2016

Island Batik Christmas in July

Welcome to the Island Batik Ambassadors' Christmas in July Blog Hop! I posted a Contemporary Christmas quilt earlier this month (and I will get it quilted this week) but I have been working on a more traditional Christmas project  that I wish to share.

Ok just so you know I love Christmas music and I listen to it year round, so to get you in the mood for my blog I am sharing this video. There is a clue here.


O Tannenbaum or O Christmas Tree. I don't know about you, but I love Christmas trees so I decided to make one with a quilt. Last fall at Quilt Market, I took a class from Jodi Barrows.
She is the one who created the unique method of Square in a Square quilting. She has written many books and has several rulers just for her technique. She showed the cutest Christmas Tree that she made and it is a free download from her website. It is called "All Spruced Up". I fell in love with it and knew that I had to make it. Well fortunately for me, Island Batik gave me this wonderful opportunity with Christmas in July to do just that.

I started with this gorgeous collection called Holiday Happenings! You can see all the fabrics here. Aren't they fun?

I auditioned the different colors to see what would look best for my Christmas tree. I had to have the green, the red and the gold. But what about decorations?

This piece of fabric was just "purrfect" for the decorations and there is even a star for the top. Do you see it near the bottom?

Per the directions from Jodi's video and the Square in a Square Reference book, I started on my Christmas tree journey.

My pile of little squares kept piling up and they looked so pretty. 
I was so excited and couldn't wait to sew them together.  And I was not disappointed when I did.

What do you think? Now Jodi has presents under her tree, but I have even started Christmas shopping yet, so my tree is bare right now.

This will be a lovely wall hanging and I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up in a care package to a special young lady who will be going to Florida State University in the fall. This will be a little Christmas from home, made and sent with love. 

I hope you have enjoyed my Christmas in July as much as I did. Thank you for stopping by. Be sure and check out the other Island Batik Ambassadors Blogs as there are some great Christmas projects!
Until next time,


  1. Very nice! Almost makes me wish it were December right now! Only "almost" because I don't want to rush time. "Purrfect" fabrics for a great quilt!

  2. I love this quilt! A Christmas tree made out of stars! Perfection!

    1. Pamela, I fell in love with it the minute I saw it! Thank you.

  3. I have not see that pattern before Nan, great quilt Nan!

  4. Nan, another beauty! I like the way some of those blocks look like hearts

    1. Yes, aren't they neat! I love this pattern.